Higher education science and curricular reforms: African universities responding to HIV and AIDS through faculties of science and engineering. Report on country training activities in Ghana, Rwanda, Botswana and Kenya, December 2006 - May 2007

Programme Reports & Evaluations
UNESCO Office Nairobi and Regional Bureau for Science in Africa
67 p.

The project on Higher Education Science and Curriculum Reform: African Universities Responding to HIV and AIDS was jointly organized by UNESCO's Regional Bureau for Science and Technology in Africa and African Women in Science and Engineering (AWSE), Nairobi, Kenya. This report summarizes the in-country training workshops held for universities in four countries - Ghana, Rwanda, Botswana and Kenya between 2006 and 2007. The workshops were preceded by the Nairobi workshop held in April 2006 where representatives from universities in five countries namely Botswana, Eritrea, Kenya, Ghana and Rwanda were first sensitized on the concept of mainstreaming HIV and AIDS into the university curriculum. The main purpose of the in-country workshops was to identify courses (units) for integrating HIV and AIDS into engineering, biological and physical sciences, train lecturers as trainers (ToTs) in each course area and produce country-specific integrated modules. The workshops also served as a forum for sharing information and experiences on HIV and AIDS prevention and impact mitigation interventions by different African Universities. The theme of the workshop fell within the wider UNESCO project on prevention education for African Universities which seeks to create awareness among scientists and in particular within the Faculties of Science and Engineering on the need and importance of responding to the impacts of HIV and AIDS within the university environment and the wider society. The project also aims at building the university staff capacity in applying the concept of mainstreaming HIV/AIDS into their respective courses.

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